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Old June 26th, 2005, 05:51 AM   #21
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An Airport Whose Time May Not Come
31 January 2011
The New York Times

Stewart International Airport was supposed to be the long-sought fourth major airport to serve the New York metropolitan area. But four years after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took control of it, Stewart remains a mystery to most travelers.

More than 60 miles north of Midtown Manhattan just west of Newburgh, N.Y., Stewart is a sleepy outpost of the region's transportation system. Indeed, though the airport is big enough to handle jumbo jets that can make nonstop flights to Mexico and beyond, it attracts fewer passengers in a year than Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Liberty International Airports draw in a holiday weekend.

Last week, when transportation officials gathered in Manhattan to discuss the future of air travel in the region, Stewart was no more than a footnote. The authors of a study that concluded that Kennedy and Newark would need additional runways within 25 years said Stewart would provide scant relief to the clogged airspace.

Officials of the Port Authority, which paid $79 million for a 93-year lease on Stewart in 2007, have projected that it could serve as many as 7 million passengers a year, many of whom would otherwise use Kennedy, Newark or La Guardia. The Port Authority has already spent about $50 million on improvements at Stewart and, the study said, plans to spend as much as $450 million more redeveloping Stewart over the next 15 years.

But Jeffrey M. Zupan, an analyst with the Regional Plan Association who led the study, said he forecast that Stewart would draw only about half the traffic the Port Authority hoped for. By the time the four airports controlled by the Port Authority are drawing 150 million passengers a year, only about 3.5 million of them, or just over 2 percent, will be using Stewart, Mr. Zupan said.

Stewart appeared to be on a path to growth in late 2006 when JetBlue announced that it would begin flying there. But since then, other carriers have pulled out of Stewart and traffic has shrunk by more than half.

Through the first 11 months of 2010, Stewart was on pace to attract fewer than 400,000 passengers for the year. That was down from about 790,000 in 2008 and almost 915,000 in 2007.

Port Authority officials attribute the decline to the recession and the toll it took on the airline industry. A spokesman for the Port Authority said its managers still had ''high hopes'' for Stewart and had not considered abandoning their plans to expand it, despite the drop-off in activity.

AirTran, which had served Stewart before the Port Authority came in, stopped its service. Skybus, a discount airline, ceased operations in 2008, about half a year after first landing at Stewart.

Today, only JetBlue, Delta and US Airways serve Stewart, and only about a dozen flights depart from there each day. On Friday, when the three big airports were crowded with travelers whose itineraries were complicated by the snowstorm that had struck the city the previous day, all was calm and quiet at Stewart.

Customers trickled in to a Quiznos sandwich shop in the terminal while the Hudson News store nearby was empty. Kathleen MacDonald, a regular user of Stewart who lives about 22 miles away in Chester, N.Y., was there to pick up her brother, who had flown in from Tennessee.

''It's so quick to go in and out of,'' Ms. MacDonald, 48, said of Stewart. She said she was glad to have JetBlue there because she could board its planes there and be in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in two and a half hours.

At best, Mr. Zupan said, Stewart could ''fill a niche'' by attracting operators of charter flights from overseas and discount carriers catering to vacationers.

But for Stewart to succeed as a reliever for the Port Authority's other airports, its appeal would have to extend past local sun-chasers like Ms. MacDonald. The main obstacle to doing so is the lack of transit links from New York City, and that problem is unlikely to be solved for years to come, Mr. Zupan said

The best prospect for luring travelers from the city and close-in suburbs to Stewart is an express train, Mr. Zupan said. But elected officials, most notably New York's senior senator, Charles E. Schumer, had pinned hopes on running trains from Midtown Manhattan through a new tunnel under the Hudson River and up the west side of the Hudson.

Now that New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, has scrapped the plan for that rail tunnel, the idea of direct trains to Stewart appears to be fading. Senator Schumer said, however, that a rail link to Stewart was still more feasible than some of the ideas for airport expansion laid out in the study last week, like filling in part of Jamaica Bay to add a runway at Kennedy.

''Stewart will still be a needed airport, but without the rail link, the chance of its really alleviating the overcrowding at the other airports is minimal,'' Mr. Schumer said in an interview. ''It will be a secondary airport -- important but secondary.''
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